by Robert Bell
9 p.m. The Afterthought. $7.
Here's a heads-up for fans of earnest, honest Americana that's a bit on the darker side: Rouxster will be playing an album release show Friday at The Afterthought. The band features Wade Derden and Mark Wyers on guitar and vocals, Chris Michaels on guitar, Dane Clement on bass and Dave Hoffpauir on drums and vocals.
The album is called "Hardpan" and it was produced by Jason Weinheimer. I checked out a few of the tracks and they hit all kinds of country-rock sweet spots: twangy guitars, world-weary singing, a lively mandolin, some killer guit-solos, a perfect-sounding snare drum. "Gone Away" is particularly good, with some very good harp-blowing and that mandolin rising to the surface occasionally.
The album cover (by Isaac Alexander) is also excellent. They got this rooster to smoke a cigarette, which in my experience is a very tough thing to arrange.
Check out "Gone Away" after the jump.